Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 45
Photo of dwren89
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep reddish brown, little head retention but what is left is tan and fizzy, excellent clarity

Aroma: malt heavy with notes of dark fruits like prune and raisin,slight nutty character,

Taste: wine like flavors of prune, raisin, date, fruity flavors balanced by dark malt complexity of caramel and toffee, no hop character, a darker and more malt driven version of the Flanders Red, slight wine like acidity on finish

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, a soft drink like mouthfeel, medium body,

Overall Impression: A darker and more malt driven brother of the Flanders Red. Skirts line between wine and beer with obvious dark fruit character but adds toffee and malt sweetness.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours a an amber brown color with some nice red hilights. The beer has very good head retention and lacing and looks pretty impressive. On the nose, this beer is striking. There is considerable sweet raspberry, but with a striking underlying tartness. There is also some underlying vanilla; I get almost a cherry/raspberry coolaide aroma on this excellent beer. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose. At least in my opinion, this beer has the perfect blend of sweet and sour. Instead of the sweettart flavor countering and balancing the sour component, in this beer it's the other way around. There is just enough sour to handle and balance the sweet raspberry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very good, considering the style. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Perhaps the best oud bruin I've ever tasted. Still not my favorite style, but there's no denying, this beer is impressive.

Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very small bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is quite red in color, nice light pink head, good retention, not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is tart and sour, fruity and sugary. Vinegar has a few notes in there.
Light bodied, extremely drinkable, sweet and sour would be the easiest way to describe this one.
It is on the sweeter end of the spectrum, but constantly balanced by a sourness that if it is not puckering, it is enough to keep the sugary fruitiness under check. Leathery funkiness, high acidity, cherry notes round this up.
A very nice summer beer that I wish was more readily available.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a brownish or an old tarnished copper color that is nearly opaque. Near the sides of the glass there is a lot of visible carbonation streaming up to the top of the glass. This constant flow of tiny little bubbles helps to maintain a thick and foamy head, which is off white in color. Head retention is excellent and lacing is very good as well.

Smell: The aroma has a tart and slightly sour fruity malty character with just a hint of citrus.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is pleasantly tart with a good solid malty base that is in good balance to its fruity tartness. A mildly tart oak flavor also adds another layer of complexity. The texture is refreshing with a lively carbonation and solid medium body that is quite drinkable.

Notes: Overall this was very enjoyable.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quarter finger light tan head, garnet body.

Fantastic nose. Tart, sweet cherry in a perfect balance.

Sublimely balanced, truly an Arnold Palmer of beers. Tartness that dries up into a clean finish, some lemon, trace of malt vinegar. The sourness is nice, yet subdued.

Mouthfeel is low in carbonation, nice.

The quintessential oud bruin?

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant brown under a light tan very finely bubbled foam cap.
S: Sour, tart aromas.
T: Full flavored tartness with traces of fruit, balsamic vinegar and coffee.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation, very soft.
O: An interesting sipping beer that is refreshing.

Photo of merlin48
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle pours a slightly murky chestnut mahogany body with very little head and no lace to speak of.
Aroma is tart and acidic with berry and cherry. Granny Smith apples are most prominent, and some caramel malt hovers underneath.
Mouthfeel has good carbonation, a medium body, and effervescent sweet and sour notes bouncing all over the tongue.
Taste has an understated caramel malt backbone, that carries a profound array of fruitiness. Granny Smith apples, red raspberries, and Bing cherries romp the palate, largely unrestrained. Mild yeast presence adds a slight mustiness, and some oak tones add a delightful complexity.
Exceptional drinkability. I wish I had a keg of this one. Much better than I was expecting, and quite similar to its kindred, Flanders Red ales, but a bit more complex with a noticeable malt underbelly.

Photo of gory4d
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with very little head. Scant lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet biscuit with some vegetal notes. The taste is very nice: clean minerals, an earthy tang, and some robust sweet malt. It's a little under-carbonated, but very smooth. All in all a very fine example of the style. Too bad it's so hard to find.

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in an Antwerp bottle shop in December 2007. Sampled on 8 April 2008.

The beer poured a brownish copper color a 1/2 inch head that runs quickly. The nose was sour, slight citrus. Taste was damn fine. A refreshing sour Flemish red taste that I haven't had in awhile. Sweet in the mouth but balanced. The beer is on the light side and refreshing.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's last night

A: Garnet red with thin, white head. Great clarity

S: It's a tropical fruit paradise with dried mango and fresh apricot. Not really sour, though I get a bit of vinegar. Cherries are apparent too. Great stuff. There's also some sugar and brown sugar like sweetness

T: Opens up sweet with cherries and apricot juice with a mild fruity tartness. Not really acidic or sour, this is mostly fruity. It's incredible that an unfruited beer can taste this way. Finishes dry.

M: Light, well carbonated and mouth-watering finish. Awesome

D: I'd drink a lot more if I wasn't driving as much.

Photo of clearlydiluted
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10oz goblet @ Fulton Grand

Pours a red/brown that tilts towards brown. Thin head with a ring of lacing, touch of haze.

Smell is of balsamic vinegar and dark fruits. Touch more of vinegar in the back.

Taste of tart fruit, lacto, acetic acid, before moving into a pleasant maltiness. There is a bit of sweetness in the beginning but dries out well. It's like their kriek/cuvee brut sans cherries more or less. The lack of cherries makes it come of less sweet also.

Body is light-medium and highly carbonated.

Really drinkable especially at 5%. Balanced between the sweet and sour.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a clear and light-bodied red-brown, with a filmy head that persists as a ring of fine beige foam. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is very minimal, almost non-existent: were it not for the presence of the head it almost looks completely uncarbonated. Overall, though, it looks pretty good.

Nose is very pleasant. Dark fruits, oak, barrel, funk, vinous acidity with overtones of metal, gravel and spice. It's very full and forward as well, meaning it exposes you to everything in one huge hit. Lovely stuff.

Taste is also good, although the weight of the body harms it a bit here. There's a solid front-palate of dark soaked fruits, followed by a pronounced vinous tartness through the middle. Towards the back though, there's a phantom border of carbonation that separates this rich, tart front from the back, which is rather dry and empty. It finishes pleasantly clean, with a little linger of orange peel and oak, but there's perhaps something missing. It's still excellent, however.

Overall, really it's very good indeed. There's so much complexity, especially on the nose and on the front of the palate, and the lightness on the back really aids the drinkability. For a 5% beer, it's impressive the amount of flavour that's packed in: it's a lesson to anyone who thinks that *only* is bigger better. I liked it a lot.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liefmans Oud Bruin, old brown sour ale, Oudenaard, Belgium. 5% ABV.

Appearance: Opaque, crimson to plum in color, lovely, creamy tan head. Looks alluring.

Aroma: Ah, beautiful! Sour fruit, oak, funk, sweet malt. Love it.

Taste: Once in the mouth, the tart fruit bounces on the palate, then slides back down the throat, finishes nicely, departing without a fuss. Sweet, juicy malt makes friends with a touch of funky fruit. Cherries are the ripest association, and raspberry comes to mind, with plum hanging around.

Moderate mouthfeel, medium body, and an utterly pleasant flavor. Not terribly complex in the end, not overly sour (which is why this style is less favored among the beer geek crowd than the Flanders Red is), but ever-so nice. Simply beautiful.

The Goudenband is a more sophisticated, complex expression, but this is a satisfactory, less expensive version.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with light cream head

S - acidic, strong, sweet vinegar, candied fruit, sherry, light rum

T - sour apple very slightly occurs then moves to bitter molasses with bitter candied fruit, sour patch kids on the end (!)

M - light, slightly fizzy

D - I've yet to find a sour beer that was sessionable but this is fairly close. Given that I would probably drink this sparingly in order to better appreciate it

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of lush creamy light khaki colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting a top... Respectable retention gives way to a mostly full lacing with a heavy splotch of foam in the center of the glass... The color is a deep dark cherry... Mostly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here and there... A very noble looking brew...

S - Dark cherries... A slight tartness... Sour apples skins... A hint of oak... A touch of vinegar... Concord grapes... A very appealing aroma...

T - Cherries... Some light woody notes... Concord grapes... Perhaps a hint of plums... A bit sugary on the finish... Perhaps a bit cloying the more you drink it, but very nice overall...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Sleek... A bit syrupy... Slightly sticky... Very light carbonation... Very smooth throughout...

D - This beer finds the sweet spot between the overly sweet Belgian offerings (read: Lindemans) that many are familiar with and the more traditional sour Flanders Reds... Not the most complex Flanders, but a very approachable one that could appeal to the masses... A very nice beer all around that I would gladly drink again... (FYI - My wife was a huge fan as well...)

Photo of benfons
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: cola colour, no head whatsoever

S: prunes, , rock candy, some sour cherry

T: sour cherries and prunes are there, although with a lot of sweetness mixed in with the tart, just a hint of oak.

M: a bit oily, the classic finish of Flemish brown, not dry but with some tart with a hint of alcohol

O: a classic example of the style, not very complex, but clean and pure

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some tart cherries as well as some sweetness from the toffee malt.

The flavor is a nice mix of tart cherries and other dark fruit, with some brown sugar and toffee mixed in. There is also a little bit of oak in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is fairly acidic.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive large, dense head. Recedes leaving a dome. Deep ruby brown color where a bit of light comes through. Light streaky lace.

Caramelized brown sugar aroma. Some malt and even lighter alcohol to the nose.

Surprisingly sour and not very sweet; nothing like the nose. The finish has some sugar showing up and the sourness becomes more muted. The aftertaste is short-lived. The body is typical; the carbonation is on the lighter side.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a vibrant red brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, sour, tart, and very slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, wood, raspberries, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely not my favorite from the style but still pretty good. I like how this brew incorporated tart cherry and raspberry into the flavor as this made it much more palatable than some harsher Oud Bruins I have had in the past. A definitely well done brew that I would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA

A- No head on this one, I blame that one on the bartender. Plus side was there was more for me to drink. I did have a little bit of lacing along the way as I drank it. Beer looked like a coca cola with tea colored highlights.

S- Tart cherries and sour apples.

T- Tart throughout but it picks up the granny smith towards the end.

M- Feels pretty good, easy to drink.

O- Looking for more distinct flavors but overall it was a good beer.

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Mildl vinegar with some dark fruit notes and sweet malt.

Taste: Mild sourness but very smooth. A bit vinegary. Mildly sweet fruit notes, raspberries. Sweet and tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mildly tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Smooth with a good amount of sourness. I enjoyed the fruit notes, reminded me of raspberries a little bit.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetness and sourness battle it out in this candied yet characterful ale.

This sour ale pours a hazy purpleish rusty color with finely knit bubbles that form a delicate creme on the beer and provide a lace of foam around the edges that linger throughout the session. A somewhat winey look and lightly carbonated for Belgian Ales.

The medium tartness of black cherry, blueberry, and blackberry all work into the fruity aromatic matrix. A red wine-like vinous scent also round out the nose. Malty sweet scents pick up a grapey ester note along with soft cotton candy sweet scents.

Flavors are sweeter than the nose suggests with a confectioner's sugar light sugary taste. Elements of light toast, ripe black berries, black cherries, red grapes, and blueberries begin to bridge the aromas to taste. Sweetness is accompanied with rich balsamic tartness with light cider, lime, and lightly briney balance against the sweetness. Delicious, but maybe too modest in tartness and too sweet to appease the staunch sour ale fans.

Overall light in body, but the lower level of carbonation leaves the beer feeling richer to the surfaces of the mouth. Extra sweetness also in feel add to the impression of moderate weight. But the mid palate on delivers a sharp astringent feel on the sides of the tongue and deliver an acidic feel and fleeting tanic dryness in finish.

The beer gives me the impression of Sour Patch Kids candies where there's really two different sets of characteristics in the glass: there's a solid Sour Ale and then there's a malty sweet ale that seems a bit like Rochefort 10. But with only moderate intensity, neither are able to command the beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 25cl brown bottle has a different label to the picture, but the beer inside should be the same!

Reviewed mid July 2010, on one of my random beer nights. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

The body was a deep, ruby red/brown colour. A tan/off white collar sat around the glass, what head did appear left within 10 seconds of the pour.

The smell was a mix of old sour notes and a red berry sweetness.

The taste followed on from the aroma, Cherry and Raspberry flavours to me, with more sourness than the smell. Certainly tart, but not a cheek sucking in special like some Belgian beers I could mention.

I thought it on the fizzy side, which I believe is not normal in this style, but it added a new dimension to the tasting, which I enjoyed.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of sugar and tart cherries is quiet interesting. Taste is very refreshing with a well balance sourness covered by some sugar and some oak. Definitely not as great as Rodenbach Grand Cru but very interesting nonetheless and I would love to have access to this as a session ale for those hot summer days.

Photo of Squelch
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque. Tan head. no lacing

Smell: Raisins, wine.

Taste: Not sweet but mostly sour. Lemony. Refreshing. does not taste like it looks or smells

Mouthfeel: puckering. sour, dry.

Overall: Never had this style before. Very nice and refreshing beverage.

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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
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